(apologies for crossposting, posted accidently in General Discussions)
I was wondering what kind of laptops you guys currently
use for coursework, and if you could suggest a competent
machine to purchase. I’m starting an ID program (at OCAD)
this coming year, and am told that laptops will be mandatory starting
in second year.
Price is an issue of course, but it’s more important that
the machine can run most 3d design software fairly smoothly.
I anticipate having to use Solidworks, Formz, and Alias
on this machine. Screen size isn’t a huge deal, since
I have a nice 22 inch monitor at home. I’ll also be using
the laptop for the next 4 years or so, so it should be
something powerful enough to keep up with any
software advances, as well as take a reasonable beating.
i’m in their program right now, whatever u do, don’t let the laptop admin talk u into using a mac. They’re trying to get a cross platform going (both pac and mac) but it’s a lost cause. A PC is your best bet, they’re trying to mobolize apple in the i.d. field and hoping that by training designers on mac will change the i.d. scene. While that’s a noble undertaking (I love and own a Mac) , I feel they’re doing it on the expense of young designers who are trying to break in the field. I am currently looking for a PC as well, and I suggest looking at what the folks at Carlton are using. of course, suggestions for professionals are always nice.
I am an avid user of 3d studio max and maya, so if you intend to do 3d graphics you don’t need a graphics card unless you intend to create games or videos, 3d graphics only use up memory and time in rendering.
I don’t know the tech stuff, but for ID, you’ve got to go with the ACER that pivots so you can sketch on it, we have three of them at work. they run Solidworks just fine and the cost is around $2500 I think. All the “cool” kids at the Art Institute have them.
You can get a new Toshiba R15 Tablet for under $1500 that does the same thing as the Acer. The graphics card is a bit weak for 3D though but I will probably be doing heavy 3D work on a desktop workstation and some general modeling in Rhino on the laptop Tablet PC.
I run a fair amount of programs, including 3D and it work very nice.
How big is the Toshiba screen on the $1,500 unit?
I know that they just came out with a 14". There is a big diff in 2" if it is an older unit.